The inspiration behind Lezzet is the exotic markets of Ankara, and the meals shared seated on brilliantly coloured rugs strewn across floors, around huge banquets taken from bronzed platters. But it’s also about a young Australian born Turkish boy Kem Barut, Lezzet’s young owner and chef, who visited his family annually and brought back to Australia a yearning for that which he’d left behind. The culture of eating, of shopping for food daily, the colours and exotic flavours are what drives Kem every day. He’s an Aussie boy at heart, with this unique dual heritage that is apparent in everything he does.
Lezzet has it’s own dual identity, from its moody dining rooms with splashes of brick walls, comfy banquettes and sprawling blackboards adorned with fezs , to its outdoor dining space on the Brighton road promenade that is all about having a drink outdoors and watching the world go by.
Lezzet is cleverly split into four areas, from the al fresco dining space to the moody dining rooms and an intimate bar complete with Ottoman cocktail list. The spaces are used for regular dining and as private areas for groups. Kem runs the kitchen with a youthful energy and an excitement for the future. His food is a perfect marriage between his modern life in Melbourne and his grandmothers traditions in Turkey.